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Iraq Report, May 16/05

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  • Iraqi security forces, with help from the Shiite Muslim Badr Brigades militia, captured an Iraqi and four Palestinians who allegedly carried out a deadly Baghdad market bombing Thursday that killed at least 17 people.

Other Topics Today Include: more bodies in Baghdad; Operations Cobweb; Deuce Four in action; Al Qaeda in Iraq's organization; reconstruction highlights; Syrian interference in Iraq; continuing the state of emergency; Carnival of the Liberated; Saddam writes his memoirs.


  • Iraqi authorities discovered 38 bodies killed execution-style in three locations near Baghdad. The dead included members of the Iraqi bureaucracy, soldiers, truck drivers and soldiers, some of the many Iraqis the insurgents consider threats.
  • The 1st Polish Brigade Combat Team, the 8th Iraqi Division, and the 19th Iraqi Brigade hit the terrorists in Wasit province with Operation Cobweb. Twenty-nine suspects rounded up, along with dozens of weapons and explosive materials. Also found were films of the murders of Iraqi Interior Ministry officials. Hat Tip: Mudville Gazette
  • MA Deuce Gunner has the doldrums - he's mostly almost not complaining, sort of - but realizes a lot of good has come from his deployment to Iraq. Amazing.


  • Here are some of this week's reconstruction highlights: The installation of water treatment units at four major power plants in Basrah nears completion. Work is 81 percent complete to rehabilitate the water and sewage treatment plant facilities serving rural, north-central Diyala Governorate. To ameliorate water shortages in Sadr City, Baghdad, a modern water treatment plant will be designed and constructed to increase the quantity and quality of potable water to the neighborhood.
  • Work is continuing to prepare Iraq for accession to the World Trade Organization, which could happen as early as 2007. A total of 200,000 rodents have been collected in the past 30 days under a rodent control program supported by the MOA and USAID. USAID's basic education program is developing a television series to help Iraqi preschool children develop early childhood learning skills.



  • UK parliamentarian George Galloway is headed across the pond to defend himself from charges he profited from the UN Oil-for-Food program. Galloway is expected to insist that he defended Saddam Hussein as a great man from the conviction of his heart and not for any more venal reasons.


  • Pundit Guy reports Saddam Hussein has begun writing his memoirs. There have been reports that Mr Hussein has been writing poetry in his jail cell.
  • Simon Majak, a one of about 3600 Sudanese "Lost Boys" to come to America in 2000 and 2001 will join the Marine Corps to show his thanks to the country that saved his life.
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Thanks again for a very useful roundup.

The blog This is your war seems to be written by a US Army sergeant doing mounted and dismounted patrols around Baghdad. A good read with an often-riveting "you are there" edge to the writing.

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